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  1. Once Upon the Internet - Brahms works for the Clarinet

    En français

    Today's instalment of Once Upon the Internet is (like many of our features this month) part of a month-long look at Brahms for his 180th birthday.

    In the early 1880's Brahms decided he would never compose music again. In an Indian summer of creativity near the end of his career, Johannes Brahms wrote the two Sonatas, Op. 120 (1894), the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114 (1891), and the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115 (1891) especially
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    Updated Jan-15-2013 at 11:31 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  2. One Degree of Separation


    Let me take a few moments to introduce a new monthy feature on the Tuesday Blog that I will call Pierre's Podcast Vault.

    Once a month, I will reach into my archive of past Friday podcasts, and will dust off a past montage. I plan to provide a fresh take on the musings and commentary that I originally provided when the podcast was first published.

    Additionally, for the remainder of
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    Updated Feb-03-2013 at 14:27 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  3. The Curtain Rises

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    To start the New Year, I put together a playlist of concert overtures – that is, overtures meant for concerts and not overtures from stage works. There are, of course, plenty to choose from, and the ones I chose span a large arrays of composers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
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    Updated Jan-01-2013 at 15:18 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  4. La chronique du disque (December 2012)

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    The rules will be kept simple: here’s what I found, here’s where I found it, here’s a couple of sentences about it and (possibly) some opinions.

    Not unlike Olympic Figure Skating, I will provide two sets of marks (letters A to D) on sound quality (SQ) and on overall impression (OI). These grades are entirely subjective, but here are some guidelines:

    • About “sound quality”: my point of reference is my iPod (160 GB iPod Classic) with standard earbud-type
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    Updated Dec-25-2012 at 14:35 by itywltmt

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    Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. Pierre's Gumdrops for 2012

    This year again, I wanted to share some of my finds and acquisitions for 2012 that haven't made it to either a Tuesday Blog post or a Chronique du DIsque post.


    To begin, how about a good cup of coffee. Tim Horton was (I would argue) a better-than-average defenceman in his day, and he tried his hand on a number of business ventures outside of hockey. As legend has it, the few
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